Electronic Art’s Mass Effect:Infiltrator was released in May as a Nokia exclusive.
Mass Effect: Infiltrator is a 3D third person shooter which mimics many of the gameplay features and animations of the main Mass Effect games, including the use of cover and the combination of gunplay and biotic powers.
The game’s exclusive period has now expired, and is now available for all Windows Phone 8 handsets.
YOU’RE A CERBERUS AGENT – GONE ROGUE!
As Commander Shepard battles Reapers across the galaxy, veteran Cerberus agent Randall Ezno procures aliens for illicit experiments at a secret facility. But when the Director of the facility goes too far – Randall fights back and vows to bring Cerberus down!
Can you fight your way off the hostile Cerberus base and deliver their secret research to the Alliance?
ENTER A NEW DIMENSION IN WINDOWS PHONE GAMING
Move freely through massive exteriors and a fully realized Cerberus base. Featuring groundbreaking graphics and intensified audio, enjoy a console-like experience that marks the next leap in Windows Phone gameplay.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for $3.99 with free trial available.
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Ratrod Studios has just released popular skating game Skateboard Party 2 to the Windows Phone Store.
The game features 8 new locations where you can demonstrate your skills and land sick combos. It also now features online multiplayer mode where you can challenge skaters from all over the world using the online leaderboards.
You can upgrade your board, and customize your outfits, trucks and wheels with real brands including items from Powell & Peralta, Bones, Golden Dragon and Tork Trux.
- Online multiplayer mode to play against your friends or other skaters online.
- New fully customizable control system. You can adjust everything!
- Learn over 40 unique tricks and create hundreds of combinations.
- Massive skateboard locations to ride including a trailer park, army base, shopping mall, ski resort, campus, funfair beach and a big open city.
- Customize your skater or board with tons of exclusive content including outfits, boards, trucks and wheels from licensed brands.
- Play often to gain experience and upgrade your skater’s attributes.
- Share your results with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
- Extended Soundtrack featuring songs from Voice of Addiction, Sink Alaska, Beta, Hitplay!, Moovalya, We Outspoken and Melodic in Fusion.
- Ability to purchase experience points using in-app purchases.
The game is $1.99 without a free trial and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
See a video demo after the break.
It seems overnight Microsoft has been doing a Santa Claus bit and dropping presents in the inbox of Windows phone users, in the form of a free extra 20 GB of storage.
While the “Enthusiast bonus” more than trebles the 7 GB recent Windows phone users receive when signing up, and close to doubles the 25 GB grandfathered SkyDrive users have the gift is a bit of a Trojan horse – the 20 GB extra will expire in a year, meaning you will then be asked to pay for your extra storage or need to empty out your cloud closet in 12 months time.
Microsoft at present does not sell a 20 GB bundle, but their 50 GB bundle is around $25 per year.
Have any of our readers NOT received the offer? Let us know below.
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"2013 has been a good year for Lumia in India. We have launched nine Lumia devices this year and with these two new devices, we are confident that more people will switch to Lumia," Vipul Mehrotra, Middle East and Africa director (smart devices), Nokia India, told reporters.
The Lumia 1320 features a 6-inch screen with 720p display, a 1.7Ghz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera and 3400mAh battery and will cost only $339.
The Lumia 525 features a 4-inch touchscreen, Snapdragon’s 1Ghz dual core processor and 1GB RAM and is globally priced at $199.
Do our Indian readers feel these handsets will hit the sweet spot in the Indian market? Let us know below.
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Music Hits, the ultimate music downloader for Windows Phone got updated in Windows Phone Store. The new update brings new impressive features to the app. Most of the features were driven by user feedback from around the world. The new update brings these new features:
- Batch Import: This feature is the most requested one. It allows importing of multiple tracks into music+videos library at once. No matter how many tracks you have downloaded, just with one single tap all the tracks will be imported directly into music+videos library. The update also allows editing & auto-numbering of tracks before importing into music+videos library.
- Album Art: The new update preserves album art and will display it in downloaded tracks and also in music+videos library. Moreover, the new update brings the ability to search and to change album art for any downloaded track.
- Playlists: Playlists also got enhancements, in addition to managing playlists, sorting of tracks within playlist is now possible.
- Search Results: Search for tracks now support linking to full album. Tapping on any track from within the search result will display all tracks of the album.Music Hits has all the features you will need from a music app. You can browse top and latest albums, stream and listen to online music, download full albums to your phone storage, import downloaded music into music + videos library, save music as ringtones, create playlists from any online and/or downloaded music and more …
- Browse top and latest albums & search for albums and songs (no browser required)
- Sort and filter results by albums/artists
- Stream and listen to online music before downloading
- Download music to phone storage
- Provides two download methods: background and pause/resume
- Import downloaded music into music + videos with the ability to edit track info
- Save downloaded music as ringtones, you can use the ringtone extractor to extract customizable ringtones from any music
- Create and play playlists
- Background audio player supports shuffling and repeating mode
A trial version is available, you can download it from the Windows Phone Store. The full version costs $1.99
Halo: Spartan Assault will be coming to the Xbox One on the 24th December as a digital download for $14.99.
However if you purchased “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 devices or Windows Phone 8 to date or purchase prior to December 15, 2013, will be eligible to purchase the Xbox One version of the game at the discounted price of $4.99.
The deal will be automatically applied if you use the same account to purchase the game on both applications.
Xbox 360 owners will get the same deal when Halo: Spartan Assault launches on that platform next month.
Read more at Xbox Wire here.
Gif Chat is a Snapchat/Vine-like messaging app on iOS, Android and now Windows Phone which allows users to send looping video clips up to 6 seconds + text captions privately to your friends. The app includes both the ability to send ever-lasting or self-destructing messages and to limit the number of loops.
Unlike both Vine and Snapchat, Gif Chat is brand new, having only been released in August this year, meaning Windows Phone users did not have to wait years for it to arrive, like the earlier apps, which is of course rather good news, and hopefully an indication of what’s to come for other new apps.
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
See a video demo after the break.
In the above humorous video Nokia shows off their Nokia Storyteller app, which they claim can tell a story a lot better than you can.
The app, which is already available in beta form to Nokia Lumia 1520 owners, lets you automatically sorts all your photos, videos and cinemagraphs into interactive groups called stories. Your timeline is where you can browse all your stories and modify them, then view them as slideshows or share them with friends.
You can also sort your photos and videos by location, as well as add captions to tell even more of the story. Plus, when you’re looking at a photo, you can zoom out to see where you took it on a map.
If you are a lucky Nokia Lumia 1520 owner you can find it in the Windows Phone Store here.
After a long wait BBC’s Windows Phone application has finally seen a rare update to version 1.2.
The app allows users to watch and listen to BBC TV and radio programmes from the last 7 days.
The update adds fast app resume and also auto-resume for video playback, both of which are pretty useful features if you are catching up on a TV program while on a busy commute.
The app is free and can be found in the UK Windows Phone Store here.
The Nokia Lumia 52x range is constantly testing the boundaries of how cheap one can sell a Windows Phone handset. Amazon is currently selling the T-Mobile version of the handset for the incredible price of only $50.04.
According to their site the smartphone is still in stock, but if you want to pick one up we suggest you better act rapidly.
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Due to the seasonal upswing of iOS sales we expect Windows Phone to take a battering in Q4 2013, but surprisingly so far sales of the OS has held up surprisingly well in the latest Kantar Comtech numbers, of which we now have an early preview.
In UK Windows Phone has approximately 10.6% in the 3 months ending November, vs 11.9% for the 3 months ending October.
In Germany sales have held steady at 5.6%, while surprisingly in Italy Windows Phone has continued to outsell iOS, with 15.6% of sales, vs 10.6% for iOS over the same period.
In USA Windows phone held steady at around 4.6% while it slid in China to 2.6%.
We can expect to see the full and slightly more accurate numbers on the 3rd January 2014. See last month’s full numbers here.
The Times of India reports that Microsoft is in talks with the top 3 Indian smartphone OEMs, who between themselves have 32% of the Indian smartphone market, to release Windows Phones in 2014.
Vishal Sehgal, from Xolo, a subsidiary of Lava, has already agreed to release a device running Windows Phone. "We will come out with a WP device next year. The plan is to launch with Windows Phone 8.1," he said.
Micromax, who is the second largest OEM in India, has also admitted to be in talks with Microsoft, but the company is still haggling about the license fee.
"Talks are on but we need to agree on how we can do that. One of the contentious issues is the licence fee that has to be paid to Microsoft for using Windows Phone. Android on the other hand is free," said a Micromax official. "Given the tough competition, margins are low. If we also pay licence fee, it may make the device too costly for consumers".
Shashin Devsare, executive director of Karbonn, refused to confirm or deny that his company was in talks with Microsoft. But he added Karbonn was a hardware and software agnostic company. "Currently, all our smartphones are powered by Android. But we are talking with other companies and evaluating if their software will help us provide a different experience to consumers," he said.
The Windows Phone license fee is rumoured to be as high at $25, but there has recently been rumours of Microsoft planning make the Windows Phone OS free, and India is certainly one region in which this will make a tremendous difference in adoption, not just by consumers but also by OEMs.
Do our readers think Microsoft simply needs to bite the bullet and make the OS free? Let us know below.
Getting into the spirit of the season, Gameloft is offering a great sale in their Windows Phone Store where they are discounting 9 top games at least 50%.
Titles include Order & Chaos for $2.99, N.O.V.A.3 for $2.99, Modern Combat 4 for $2.99, The Amazing Spider-Man for $2.99, the The Dark Knight Rises for $2.99, Lets Golf 2 for only $1.99, Assassin’s Creed – Altaïr’s Chronicles HD also only $1.99, Brain Challenge HD for $1.99 and lastly Uno for $1.99.
See the whole collection in the Windows Phone Store here.
Nokia has posted a minor update to the Nokia Here Transit app from version 5.0.2197.0 to version 5.0.2231.0.
Given the small increment in version numbers and the lack of a change log the update is likely of the bug fixing variety.
The update appears to address an issue where the app stopped loading data from some regions, making it somewhat useless.
Find the app in the Windows Phone Store here.
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On their blog AT&T has detailed some of the improvements the Nokia Black update will be bringing to the Nokia Lumia 1020.
Key features of the update include:
- Enhanced Glance Screen: the Lumia Glance Screen now displays all important notifications such as new emails, missed calls, text messages and more – even when the screen is dark. Icons will appear beneath the digital clock, which is currently offered as a feature of the Glance Screen.
- Bluetooth Low Energy support: Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) allows users to easily sync accessories such as heart rate monitors with their Nokia Lumia to create differentiated experiences with apps.
- Lock Screen Options: Users can opt for either portrait or landscape mode to accommodate even greater customization and personalization.
In addition the Nokia Lumia 1520 also received a minor update which enabled CMAS notifications such as Amber Alerts on 2G/3G/LTE.
To check if the update is available for your phone go to Settings> Phone Update and Check for Updates.